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MIKELOCK34 Aug 19, 2007 03:53 PM

Does anyone know where to buy tri-tip beef in MSP? Thanks.

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    soupkitten Aug 20, 2007 10:39 AM

    try calling ready meats in st paul, Mike.

    Ready Meats
    3550 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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    1. re: soupkitten
      coney with everything Aug 20, 2007 10:47 AM

      You might find it at Trader Joes.

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        soupkitten Aug 22, 2007 01:04 PM

        um, it's in northeast, not st. paul. obviously. ;)

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        MIKELOCK34 Aug 20, 2007 11:06 AM

        Thank you. I am told that tri-tip is hard to find in MSP. Does anyone know why that is?

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        1. re: MIKELOCK34
          jlawrence01 Aug 21, 2007 12:24 AM

          The tri-tip roast is a very popular cut in SoCal but generally NOT found in most midwestern grocery stores. Personally, I have never seen one in Chicago EXCEPT at Costco or Trader Joe's, both of which have a significant presence on the west coast.

          In order to get a tri-tip roast cut, you may need to find a butcher who has access to carcass rather than one who uses box beef and may not have access to that roast.

        2. bbqboy Aug 20, 2007 11:10 AM

          here's a primer, with the cut # you need to ask the butcher for...
          ..."Tri-tip is sometimes called the triangle roast. According to the Uniform Retail Meat Identity Standards (the national standardization guidelines), tri-tip's UPC number is 1429 and tri-tip's IMPS/NAMP code is 185C. Please look this information up if you're not familiar with it and cut me -- or order me -- a tri-tip roast. Thank you!"

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            MIKELOCK34 Aug 20, 2007 02:02 PM

            Thank you for the information. We keep a copy of the NAMP Meat Buyer's Guide at home. The tri-tip steak is on page 69 of that publication listed as 1185C from item 185C as you mentioned. People here in MSP have mentioned that they cannot find tri-tip though they have looked. I was just curious as to why that might be. Thanks again.

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              tart1 Aug 20, 2007 04:05 PM

              Costco has a great meat department. Maybe you could call them and talk to their butchers to see if they offer tri-tip steaks, and if not, ask if you can order some - IF you are a Costco member. The St. Louis Park store number (the first Costco in the Cities) is (763) 582-9603. I can't remember what it is, but they offer a "tip" something steak.

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            St Paul Susie Aug 20, 2007 11:14 AM

            I'm pretty sure WholeFoods on Grand/Fairview has it most days. call first to verify.

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              churchka Aug 20, 2007 04:29 PM

              I saw it today at Whole Foods in St. Paul

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              1. re: churchka
                MIKELOCK34 Aug 21, 2007 07:58 AM

                Thank you!

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                chrisinroch Aug 22, 2007 08:39 AM

                Tri tip is hard to find?? That really surprises me.

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                  KTFoley Aug 22, 2007 10:14 AM

                  A tri-tip may be difficult to find only because it's one of several cuts that could be made from the same set of muscles. A butcher will make that cut instead of a more common choice when he or she knows there is a demand for it.

                  A discussion about finding tri-tip has echoes in several searches for particular grocery items on this board. We chowhounds can go in one of two directions.

                  Some will inquire all over for places that have the item in stock and hope they end up with a retailer that is in the right ranges for travel, price & quality -- then start the process again for the next uncommon item.

                  For those who do prefer this method, Costco is one option, Trader Joes is another, and a bunch more have been offered up in thread after thread. Many thanks to the posters who answer these inquiries over & over again.

                  Others will locate one reputable retailer in those same ranges and become a regular customer. When they seek an item they can ask the retailer about obtaining it, and they'll have the business relationship in place to make it worth the effort on both sides.

                  For people who do prefer this, the list of MSP butchers who can cut to order and who are worth a visit hasn't varied wildly from thread to thread. Ditto for purveyors who can get seafood, less-common game or poultry, and specialty items like duck fat or foie gras. Many thanks to all who bring regular business through their doors, so that these guys have enough margin to accommodate requests.

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                  1. re: KTFoley
                    soupkitten Aug 22, 2007 01:05 PM

                    well said, KTFoley.

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                    Danny Aug 22, 2007 01:00 PM

                    FWIW, I was in the Golden Valley Byerly's yesterday, and they had a few in their butcher case, wrapped in saran wrap.

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                      MIKELOCK34 Aug 22, 2007 03:03 PM

                      Thanks again for your replies. Tri-tip is easy to find back home. I realized that I was not seeing it in MSP when I was told it was hard to find here. We will pick some up for some Fair visitors this weekend.

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                        dlgoldie Aug 24, 2007 08:21 PM

                        How about flatiron steak? I have a hard time finding that.

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